Amaravati, Oct 23: Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister B Ranjendranath Reddy said that as per the India Innovative Index, the state has secured 10th rank.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he said India Innovative Index is a survey conducted by the NITI Aayog and the ranking is based on indicators such as enablers and performance of every state in the country.
For enablers 10 years of assesment will be taken up and for performance it will be five years of assessment.
The Finance Minister alleged former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and former Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu were misleading people by stating that AP’s ranking has fallen.
“This ranking has been given for the first time. Now, where is the question of fall in the rank? Besides, this ranking has been given based on the data availability of the past five years,” the Minister said.
Of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Andhra Pradesh has secured 17th rank in the zero hunger. ‘To improve it, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has introduced door delivery of packed rice at Srikakulam district and the same will be implemented throughout the state from March or April in next year,’ he said.
Mr.Reddy mentioned the state’s rank in SDG-6 (water and sanitation) is 16. 'To overcome this, we will have a water grid system in the state,’ he said, "For SDG-11 that is for sustainable cities and communities, the state holds 26th rank. Even North-Eastern states are ahead of us", he added.
He took exception to the the TDP’s false propaganda on the sand problem. "I admit that there is a sand crisis in the state. It is because of problems caused by the prevalence of rains and floods over the past few days. However, the government is doing its best to supply sand for the consumers", the Minister said.
The Finance Minister informed that the erstwhile Chandrababu Naidu headed TDP government borrowed Rs.2.8 lakh crore and the present government is paying an interest amount of Rs 20,000 crore. (UNI)